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motherhood, day 7

My post-dural headache is GONE. Thank gods.

I have taken two showers and brushed my hair twice in my son's lifetime.

Aiden has a belly button!

Secret of motherhood #37: nursing HURTS. Much like shoving white-hot spikes through my nipples would, I imagine. I've been assured that my technique is fine and the pain will go away, but it may be a week or so. So I've been introduced to the wonders of the breast pump to give my poor nipples the occasional break.

I'm actually getting plenty of sleep. There's just something wrong about that....

And finally, there is a finite, non-zero chance that there will be a six-and-a-half-day-old baby at Mass this evening :)

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fiannaharpar
Sep. 9th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with getting enough sleep :-)

Have a great time at Mass.
owl_eyes
Sep. 10th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Nursing stopped hurting for me after about 10 days. If it goes on for much longer, talk to a lactation consultant. You want to be able to enjoy the experience. You may also want to talk to the La Leche League. They can also provide some good advice.
azaz_al
Sep. 10th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, once you get the hang of it (both you and baby) nursing begins to be fun and relaxing. The nipples do have to toughen up a bit first, though. You'll do fine :) Glad to hear the headache is gone!
patsmor
Sep. 10th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
What she said...
Most folk start getting "tough enough" between 5 and 10 days, and then it can really be fun for both of you. Letting your nipples air dry really is important; don't forget that...

Some of the LLL ladies have great advice, but are pretty preachy about stay at home moms vs. working moms. Jen, my daughter, tries to sort the good info out from the politics.

I'm glad you're all feeling better!
jnanacandra
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
Letting your nipples air dry really is important; don't forget that...

Hadn't heard that tip, though I have been slathering them with lanolin after every feeding - thanks!
patsmor
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
Lanolin is wonderful. Let them air dry first, then the lanolin at least half the time. He's going to develop a little "nursing bump" on his upper lip, maybe his lower, too. That's perfectly OK. I don't know if you wear body jewelry of any kind, but nursing is sort of like that -- your nipples aren't used to being wet and pulled on every two hours for 5-20 minutes at a time, each, and then put away under a bra or a bra and a nursing pad. If you give them a chance to dry out, then put the lanolin on, they'll toughen faster. (And if you change your nursing pad, if you're using one, more frequently, it will help, too.)
patsmor
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
That is, air dry at least half the time, and then lanolin when they are dry. Not lanolin half the time. And the breast milk rubbed in really does help heal nearly anything faster.
zoe31602
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
Also: Rubbing a bit of breast milk into the nipple helped me when I couldn't get to my lanolin.

I'm really really happy for you three, when I'm sure that I've only got allergies, I'll make a trip up there. ;-)
leora
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Is it an innie or an outie belly button?
jnanacandra
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Outie for now - we'll see how he grows :)
leora
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Awwww. If you take requests, I'd love to see a picture that includes the belly button. I've actually never seen an outie belly button. And somehow, hanging around playgrounds and asking kids if they have an outie belly button and if so can they show it to me always seemed like a bad idea.

It seems to be spawning time for my cohort. I remember when I was inundated with weddings. Now, one of my housemates just became an uncle about two days ago, and I have two friends who are pregnant, and you just had your lovely boy. I think this is cooler than the weddings though. I hope your family will be full of love, peace, joy, and sleep. I know the last one is a bit less likely, but that's why I'm wishing it for you.
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